The US Federal Aviation Administration has approved the additional 330min extended operations (ETOPS) certification for the Boeing 787, weeks ahead of the expected entry into service of the 787-9 variant with Air New Zealand (ANZ).
"Our customers are eager to expand their 787 operations," says Larry Loftis, vice president and general manager, 787 programme. "We're delighted that this capability, which was designed into the airplane from the very beginning, has been certified."
The 787 had previously been certified for 180min ETOPS when the type entered into service in 2011.
"ETOPS operations will make the 787 even more efficient in operations as they enable more direct flight paths, which can save thousands of pounds of fuel and reduce carbon emissions," says Boeing.
The 330min ETOPS certification was previously delayed by issues with the 787's batteries, which led to a grounding of the aircraft worldwide for four months in 2013.
The 787-9 is scheduled to enter into service with ANZ in mid-2014.